An elderly farmer who was charged with possession of ganja, dealing in ganja and taking steps to export ganja, was denied bail in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Friday.
Hurbert Cover, 65, was held last month at the Norman Manley International Airport with six packs of ganja, weighing 16 and a half pounds, concealed in his luggage.
When caught, the court heard that Cover admitted to the policeman “a ganja”.
He was also said to have uttered: “Lord God a wah dis mi get miself into,” at the time.
Despite this, his lawyer, in making an application for bail, argued that the accused was unaware of what the substance was.
A farmer from Discovery Bay, Cover, when asked about the kind of farming he did, told Chief Parish Judge Judith Pusey that it was an array of crops.
“A lot of things … me plant yam, cabbage, carrot and vegetable matter,” he said.
“Do you travel often?” Judge Pusey inquired.
“I will travel like every six months,” he responded. “I go to Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua. I have relatives in other islands.”
But Judge Pusey wasn’t moved to grant bail.
“Persons like him are chosen to carry narcotics so that when they come before me they expect that compassion will flow out like living waters. No, it’s not going to be like that,” Judge Pusey noted.
Cover was remanded in custody until October 18 when his case will be tried.